Between your classes, your job and your personal life, are you having trouble finding time to study? Here are a few tips to help you organize your time.
Getting through school is no easy task. While some students have no trouble finding time to study, or have the ability to learn quickly, the vast majority have to deal with a student job, extra-curricular activities that are important to them and even for some, children to manage. And finding time among all this, in addition to school days, to do homework or study, is not always easy. Fortunately, there are some tips to help you organize yourself intelligently and continue to live your life without neglecting your studies.
Write a to-do list
Making a list of the tasks you need to do will allow you to visualize the things you need to do during the day and to be able to prioritize them according to your priorities. Maybe this essay or exercise can wait until the next day, if you have too much to do today.
Create a schedule for yourself
Between the evenings, sports, extra-curricular activities, student jobs if you have one, and intensive course days, it is not always easy to find time to study. That’s why it can be useful to create a schedule, to see when you have possible gaps to devote to your studies or homework and note it in your diary, so that you can stick to it.
Depending on how much homework and revision you have to do, you may have to select some things and carry over others. It could be one of your activities or parties, having too much to study that week, or, on the contrary, part of your homework, selecting what is the most important and urgent, if you really can’t cancel your other stuff so you have less time to study.
Make index cards
At the end of each class, do not hesitate to take 15/20 minutes to copy the essentials on cards. The idea is that one chapter should fit on a double-sided card, or 2 cards maximum. When it’s time to revise your lessons, you will just have to take them out and you can concentrate on the most important part, which will allow you to revise faster. What’s more, the advantage of the cards is that you can take them with you and take them out everywhere, like on public transport, which can be handy if you’re struggling to find time to study.
Explain your course to someone else.
Teaching your lessons to someone else, or to your pet if you have one, will not only help you retain them better, it will also help you learn them faster. Why is this? Because when you explain your lesson, you really integrate it, rather than just memorize it. Your brain then retains the lesson more easily and it takes less time to integrate it.
The important thing to remember in all this is that your studies should remain your main priority because they can help you find the job of your dreams and have the life you want. Of course, you shouldn’t be prevented from going out, playing sports and enjoying your life, but you shouldn’t let that affect your studies too much either.